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FrUiTCaKeS
FrUiTCaKeS
Comedy/Drama. By Julian Wiles.

Cast: 4m., 4w., 6 boys, 7 girls, extras if desired. Mix together a batch of fruitcakes, three dozen Christmas trees, 10,000 outdoor Christmas lights, a chicken pox epidemic, two southern spinsters, an estranged old man, a lost cat named Tutti Frutti and a Christmas hog named Buster and you've got the recipe for a fun-filled and touching evening of holiday cheer. Into this world comes Jamie, a kid who has run away from home and come as far as his money will take him. At first he thinks this town's inhabitants are "nuttier than fruitcakes," but soon he comes to admire, appreciate and adore this nutty little town. A moving story of alienation, understanding and reconciliation, FrUiTCaKeS provides audiences with a heaping helping of holiday warmth and Christmas cheer. Area staging. Approximate running time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Notes
To make Fruitcakes work, it's important to find just the right mix of pathos, buffoonery and reality. The key, I feel, is to play most scenes straight and for real. Having grown up in a small town myself, I can attest to the fact that while many of these characters may appear "nutty as fruitcakes" to outsiders, to their friends and neighbors, they are just friends and neighbors. Every effort should be made to play these characters with affection and to resist the urge to turn them into a town of "Gomer Pyles." They are not "hicks" or "hillbillies." In their own way these characters all have grace, charm and wit.

We've had great fun in each production of Fruitcakes that we've mounted here at Charleston Stage, each cast and production adding its own special magic. Add your own magic and I have no doubt that your visit to McCord's Ferry will be great fun too.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  F49
Cast Size:  21
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  69
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.50
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Holiday
ISBN (10): 0871290405
Biographies
Director, designer and playwright Julian Wiles founded Charleston Stage in 1978. As Charleston's resident professional theatre company, it has grown into one of South Carolina's largest arts institutions. Wiles grew up on a cotton farm in Ft. Motte, S.C. He attended Clemson University, received a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Charleston in 1974 and an MFA in ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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